Catacombs of the Saint Francis Cathedral & Monastery in Lima, Peru – A MUST SEE!!!

For those of you looking for things to do while in Lima, Peru, consider visiting the Saint Francis Cathedral & Monastery. It not only is fascinating for its architecture, style and history but the Catacombs beneath the foundation offer a unique experience! Truly unforgettable.

The Monastery was built in the 15th century and sports Spanish Baroque style architecture. The foundation was built with round well-like structures designed to absorb the shock from frequent tremors and earthquakes. The interior is adorned with gorgeous original murals only recently discovered within the last 40 or so years. It is the only original construction cathedral left in the area but it did suffer some damage in the 1970’s from a quake. The guide conducting the tour of the grounds shared a story with us which claims that all the beautiful tile work, mahogany, and cedar in several of the chambers took over a year to collect back in the 15th century. Messengers were sent to gather hand-painted tiles from Seville, Mahogany and Cedar from Central and/or South America plus other materials from India. We were prohibited from photographing anything inside the grounds so unfortunately I have no pictures to share with you. Sorry!

The Catacombs part of the tour was the most fascinating for me as my B.A. was in Anthropology with an Archaeology focus. Osteology was my all time favorite class so bones fascinate me!

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